GMO food labeling
12:43 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

First TV Ads in Fight over GMO Food Labeling Initiative

Damian Dovarganes Associated Press

The first television ads have aired in the battle over a statewide initiative that would mandate the labeling of genetically engineered foods.

Opponents and supporters of Initiative 522 rolled out TV spots Monday morning in campaigns that are expected to cost millions of dollars.

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GMO food
3:55 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Possible GMO Alfalfa Found Growing in Non-GMO Field

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Michelle and Anna Flickr

Washington agriculture researchers are investigating whether genetically-modified alfalfa was growing where it wasn’t supposed to. 

An Eastern Washington farmer's alfalfa has been rejected by a broker that says it found evidence of genetically modified pesticide resistance.

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GMO food labeling
9:14 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Seattle City Council Votes to Support I-522, GMO Labeling

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Damian Dovarganes AP Photo

The Seattle City Council has voted, 8 to 1, to support Initiative 522, which would  require labels on food products that have been genetically modified or contain genetically-modified ingredients.

The council's decision comes ahead of the general election when voters will decide whether to approve the initiative. 

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Food Labeling Campaign
3:17 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

I-522 Supporters for GE Labels Outraising Opponents 4 to 1

Damian Dovarganes AP Photo

Washington voters will decide this fall whether foods that contain genetically-engineered ingredients must carry a special label.

Initiative 522 is similar to a California measure that failed last fall. But so far, the race for political contributions is shaping up quite differently. 

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GMO food
10:07 am
Wed August 7, 2013

WSU Study Finds No More GMO Wheat Found at Ore. Farm

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Researchers at Washington State University say they have found no additional sign of the genetically modified wheat discovered at one Oregon farm this spring.

The tests involved wheat varieties developed at Washington State, the University of Idaho and Oregon State University, plus varieties from Westbred/Monsanto and Limagrain Cereal Seeds.

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GMO produce
4:23 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Northwest Wheat Farmers Look Forward To Restored Market

A wheat combine offloads—or “banks out”—into a waiting truck near Patterson, Washington.
Anna King

The first bushels of Northwest wheat are coming off honey-colored fields in southeast Washington. The harvest comes just as Japan and South Korea say they’ll resume buying Northwest wheat.

The Asian countries banned the U.S. grain after some genetically modified plants were found in Oregon this spring. The rebound is a huge relief for Northwest farmers, but market confidence remains shaken.

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GMO food labeling
11:45 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Debate over GMO food labeling initiative heating up

This photo shows a "conventional" apple, left, next to an apple that has been genetically modified to slow browning.
Okanogan Specialty Fruits

With voters to decide on the fate of Initiative 522 in November, the debate over the labeling of genetically-modified foods is heating up.

Genetically-modified foods use a genetic piece of another plant or animal to modify the quality of the food, or make it easier for a grower to produce. But there are some who worry about the possible ill health effects such products may have.

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GMO produce
4:01 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

Monsanto suggests sabotage in modified wheat case

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Monsanto Co. is floating the theory that some of the company's detractors may have intentionally planted genetically modified wheat discovered in an Oregon field last month.

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GMO food labeling
11:02 am
Tue June 18, 2013

State voters to decide on GMO-labeling initiative

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State voters will decide on the fate of an initiative that would require labeling of genetically modified food products. 

Initiative 522 would require food products to bear a label informing the consumer if they contain any genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.

The public signature-gathering campaign for the bill was successful, and while it allowed the Washington state Legislature an opportunity to decide its fate, its language mandated that if lawmakers took no action, the initiative would automatically move to a public vote in November.

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GMO produce
10:03 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Japan suspends white winter wheat purchases from Northwest

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Japan has temporarily suspended white winter wheat purchases from the Pacific Northwest.

The Japanese Ministry of Agriculture announced the decision after U.S. regulators found genetically modified wheat on an Oregon farm.

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GMO produce
11:53 am
Wed May 29, 2013

USDA: Non-approved GMO wheat found in Oregon field

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The Agriculture Department says a non-approved strain of genetically engineered wheat has been discovered in an Oregon field.

USDA officials said the wheat is the same strain as a genetically modified wheat that was tested by seed giant Monsanto a decade ago but never approved. Monsanto stopped testing that product in Oregon and several other states in 2005.

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GMO produce
9:52 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Biotech apples may be harbinger for GMO spuds

This photo shows a "conventional" apple, left, next to an Arctic apple
Okanogan Specialty Fruits

As Idaho's J.R. Simplot Co promotes its genetically engineered potato, a tiny Canadian apple breeder is working on a similar product that could provide a glimpse of how consumers react.

Okanogan Specialty Fruits expects U.S. and Canadian government approval for Granny Smith and Golden Delicious apple varieties with their genes modified to halt browning.

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The Salt
4:21 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Did Congress Just Give GMOs A Free Pass In The Courts?

Farmers harvest a sugar beet crop in Gilcrest, Colo.
Matthew Staver Landov

Originally published on Tue March 26, 2013 11:58 am

Tucked inside a short-term funding measure that Congress approved Thursday is a provision that critics are denouncing as a "Monsanto Protection Act."

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4:32 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

WSU study: GMO crops need more herbicide to fend off 'superweeds'

Charles Benbrook is a researcher with Washington State University’s Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources. Photo courtesy of WSU

Originally published on Tue October 2, 2012 4:10 pm

According to a new study out of Washington State University, farmers of genetically engineered crops are dramatically increasing their use of herbicides. Researchers say farmers are spraying more in response the rise of so-called “superweeds.”

The new study analyzes 16 years of federal data on the nation’s corn, soybean and cotton fields. It finds growers with crops engineered to be herbicide resistant are now putting millions more pounds of weed killer on their fields than farmers who grow the non-modified variety.

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11:05 pm
Fri March 16, 2012

Protesters call upon Gates Foundation to sever ties with Monsanto

Anti-GMO protest at the Gates Foundation in Seattle.
Tom Paulson Humanosphere

As part of a somewhat spotty call for a worldwide protest against the practices of the multinational agricultural company Monsanto, about 40 protesters in Seattle descended upon the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on Friday to demand that the philanthropy sever all its ties with the firm.

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